Pumas and Stormers have announced their squads ahead of the Friday’s Super Rugby Unlocked encounter slated for Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit.
AJ le Roux will make his debut in the front-row alongside Ruan Kramer and Morgan Naude after being picked to replace Simon Westraadt who has been named on the bench. The rest of the starting squad remains unchanged.
On the bench, the coach has introduced HP van Schoor and Ignatius Prinsloo. The side will be eyeing another win having beaten Griquas 27-21 last weekend.
For Stormers, three changes have been made, Edwill van der Merwe has been called in to fill the gap by injured winger Sergeal Petersen. Leon Lyons joins the front row as Chris Van Zyl starts in the second row.
Stormers are also eyeing their second win having played their first last weekend against Lions and won 23 – 17.
Phakisa Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Eddie Fouche, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsburg, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Morgan Naude.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Heath Backhouse, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Dian Badenhorst, 21 Neil Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ignatius Prinsloo.
DHL Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements : 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Michal Haznar, 24 Tim Swiel, 25 Tristan Leyds.
Match information – Phakisa Pumas v DHL Stormers
Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Time: 19h00 (2000 hrs EAT)
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Referees: Aimee Barrett-Theron, Griffin Colby
Television Match Official: AJ Jacobs
TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby